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DiedAugust 22, 1989, Oakland, California, United States
SpouseFredrika Newton, Gwen Fontaine
FactIs portrayed by Craig Thomas in I'm Not There. (2007).

Huey P. Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on February 17, 1942. He was the second of seven children born to Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton, a sharecropper and Baptist minister. His parents named him after former Louisiana governor Huey Pierce Long. As a child, Newton faced racism and poverty in his segregated hometown. He was expelled from school in the fifth grade for fighting.

In 1955, Newton’s family moved to Oakland, California, in search of a better life. There, he attended Oakland Technical High School, where he excelled in mathematics and science. He also developed an interest in politics after reading Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto.”

After high school, Newton attended Merritt College, where he studied philosophy and politics. It was there that he met Bobby Seale, with whom he would co-found the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The organization’s original purpose was to protect African Americans from police brutality.

Under Newton’s leadership, the Black Panther Party became one of the most influential black power organizations of the 1960s. The group advocated for black self-defense, economic self-sufficiency, and political power. They also provided free breakfast programs for children and medical clinics for the poor.

In 1968, Newton was charged with the murder of an Oakland police officer. He was convicted and sentenced to prison, but the verdict was later overturned on appeal.

In the 1970s, Newton earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He also wrote his autobiography, “Revolutionary Suicide.”

In 1989, Newton was convicted of felony assault and drug charges. He served time in prison until his release on parole in 1992.

After his release from prison, Newton worked as a community organizer in Oakland. He also founded the Huey P. Newton Foundation, which provides financial assistance to families of police brutality victims.

Newton died of a gunshot wound in Oakland on August 22, 1989. His death remains shrouded in mystery, as the circumstances surrounding it are still unclear.

At the time of his death, Newton had an estimated net worth of $1 million.

General Info

Full NameHuey P. Newton
DiedAugust 22, 1989, Oakland, California, United States
ProfessionPolitical activist
EducationMerritt College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Oakland Technical High School


SpouseFredrika Newton, Gwen Fontaine
ChildrenKieron Newton, Ronald Newton, Jessica Newton
ParentsWalter Newton, Armelia Johnson
SiblingsMelvin Newton, Lee Edward Newton, Myrtle Lee Newton, Walter Newton, Leola Newton, Doris Newton


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

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1Is portrayed by Craig Thomas in I'm Not There. (2007).
2Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 656-657. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
3Co-Founder of The Black Panthers.



Prelude to Revolution1998Video documentary shortHimself
Runaway America1982DocumentaryHimself
Firing Line1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
World in Action1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Black Panther1969Documentary shortHimself
Huey1969Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Elvis & Nixon2016Himself (uncredited)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution2015DocumentaryHimself - Black Panther Party (as Huey Newton)
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHimself
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-19752011DocumentaryHimself
The Barrel of a Gun2010Documentary
No Justice, No Peace: A Sharp Talk Special2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood2003DocumentaryHimself
Mackin' Ain't Easy2002Video shortHimself
A Huey P. Newton Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
All Power to the People1996DocumentaryHimself
Berkeley in the Sixties1990DocumentaryHimself
Malcolm X1972DocumentaryHimself (as Huey Newton)

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